The 20-year-old dribbling wizard has enough raw skill to elevate this tournament—much like Lionel Messi did in 2008.
Detractors say that the young virtuoso hasn't proven himself in Europe. Supporters point to his peerless goal-scoring resume at Brazilian club Santos—accompanied by a jaw-dropping archive of YouTube clips—and say he has already arrived.
Brazil hopes he has because its gold-medal hopes likely rest on his ability to punish foes from the wing.
Thiago Silva (Defender):
Silva, an over-age selection, has long made it clear that he wanted to play in these Games. The 27-year-old should be the heart and soul of Brazil's back line, and will be counted on as much for his leadership as he will his playing ability.
Which isn't to say he can't play. Silva has long been one of Europe's better central defenders.
One of the world's best left backs, Marcelo has been a mainstay for Real Madrid dating back to 2007. He's the rare defender who can press forward and mark with equal aplomb.
Oscar has been a name to watch on the international scene ever since his hat trick in the 2011 U-20 World Cup final secured Brazil's victory over colonial rival Portugal.
He doesn't have the profile of AC Milan forward Alexandre Pato or Internacional goalscorer Leandro Damiao, but he could play a crucial role in this tournament at the center of Brazil's attack.